Previewed 31 August 2011, Opened 27 September 2011, Closed 6 January 2013 at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Transferred 18 January 2013, Closed 2 November 2013 at the Garrick Theatre
The hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages in London. Rock of Ages is a celebration of classic 80's rock culture that tells the hilarious story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring 28 Rock Anthems including: Don't Stop Believin'; Wanted Dead or Alive; We Built This City; The Final Countdown; and I Wanna Know What Love Is. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! Rock of Ages is a full-out, blast-off, hold-onto-your-hairspray celebration of the great rock music of the 80s.
Rock of Ages has been written by Chris D'Arienzo and is directed for the stage by Kristin Hanggi. PLEASE NOTE that some of the costumes, dancing and language might not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.
"If you want a night out of rock chicks and high-energy feel-good nostalgia that will put a smile on your face, this is the show for you. Set in an LA bar, the audience is treated to a constant stream of Eighties hits delivered by a rock band who remain centre stage for much of the show. The plot only serves to sew together an almost constant stream of camp rock with tunes like We Built This City, Final Countdown and Don't Stop Believing blasting out... There's not a moment of rest from the relentless pace, energy and sheer enjoyability of this show." The Sunday Express
"It's easy to mock 1980s rock music, with its poodle perms, padded shoulders and pretensions. Thankfully, Rock of Ages seizes the opportunity with both hands. The West End's latest jukebox musical combines two guilty pleasures in one: a stream of familiar classic rock and power ballads, sung by an attractive cast whose skimpy costumes appear to have been designed by Peter Stringfellow, and a hefty dose of self-mockery." The Sunday Times
"The production is a blast of Eighties rock so loud it makes your kidneys vibrate, which is by far the best feeling it induces. The others are bafflement, boredom and increasing belligerence. It has happened before at another jukebox show, We Will Rock You, an incoherent extravaganza set to the music of Queen which is still packing them in after a decade. Rock Of Ages makes We Will Rock You look like Kiss Me Kate... A wannabe singer named Sherrie (with terrible flicked-back hair) from Kansas turns up and falls in love with aspiring star Drew. But she thinks he's not interested and the night he gets his big break she turns her affections to Stacee Jaxx, a rockchick magnet in spite of his tumbling blond curls and lashings of lip gloss... Meanwhile, in a witless subplot, the mayor and his camp son are threatening to clean up the Strip, and the hippy community is up in arms. Cue Starship's anthem We Built This City. Even the choreography is lame. Where is Arlene Phillips, choreography queen of the Eighties, when we need her? While others sang along in karaoke heaven... I turned to stone. Rock bottom." The Mail on Sunday
The show's book writer Chris D'Arienzo said: "The idea of doing a metal musical is so patently ridiculous that I had to do it... I wanted to take the kind of music that musical theatre people think they hate and make them love it." Kristin Hanggi, the director said: " grew up in the 80s, so I love this music. We don't mock it, we celebrate it. We take the songs and mash 'em up so it's super fun, in-your-face flash... The reason this show is so successful is because that era was so fun. It was like a great big party, and right now I think people want that. They just want to let go and have a good time. It's very meta-theatrical. We celebrate all the cliches about the 80s, and about musical theatre, but we never make fun of it, we walk the line between irony and sincerity."
The musical Rock of Ages in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre previewed from 31 August 2011, opened on 27 September 2011 and closed on 6 January 2013. Transferred to the Garrick Theatre from 18 January 2013 and closed on 2 November 2013.